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for future population growth and the additional or expanded services that will be needed to meet the needs of our growing population. We will work to focus on economic development and education and will work to provide new opportunities for both in our city. We will continue to build on our nationally recognized parks and recreation system to provide outstanding opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities. We also need to ensure that we continue to focus on providing the outstanding police, fire and public safety services that have helped make Henderson such a safe city. As we grow, we need to focus on smart, sustainable community development and building up and maintaining a solid and sound infrastructure framework. Working together, I am confident we can maintain the premier quality of life that makes Henderson a place to call home. Sincerely, Robert (Bob) Murnane, P.E. City Manager A MESSAGE TO YOU 2 Dear neighbors, The City Council and I are pleased to welcome Robert “Bob” Murnane as our new City Manager. Bob has been with the City of Henderson since 1996 and most recently served as Senior Director of the Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department. A licensed engineer, Bob has a tremendous amount of experience and expertise in infrastructure, major public works projects and community development. The City Manager is appointed by and reports to the City Council, and we believed it was critical to have a field of outstanding candidates to choose from and to conduct the selection process in the most transparent manner possible. A nationally recognized firm assisted in the process to provide us with a pool of six outstanding local, regional and national candidates. Each candidate gave a public presentation on their first 100 day plans for the city. Members of the City Council and I then interviewed each candidate in a public meeting and the city also hosted a community meet and greet, which gave residents, business leaders and staff an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about each of the candidates. We were impressed with the professionalism of each of the candidates and the many best practices they shared. After thoughtful and careful consideration, we chose Bob to be our next City Manager in part because he has already played an integral role in helping to lead the city through many changes and challenges, including the merger of our Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments and overseeing large capital campaigns. A strategic decision maker, Bob is well respected by city staff and his peers for his integrity, fairness and a leadership style that invites collaboration. Bob takes the helm at an important time for the City of Henderson. The economy continues to improve, but we are still facing an infrastructure shortfall, which means many capital projects have been delayed or placed on indefinite hold, including road and park improvements. In spite of that, the city continues to provide outstanding services in virtually every aspect of its operations, from public safety and water quality to parks and open spaces. Earlier this year, ours became the first emergency communications center in Nevada to offer the option of texting 9-1-1 for help from an officer or paramedic. While voice calls remain the preferred method of HENDERSONHAPPENINGS | Fall 2015 | September-December requesting help during an emergency, the text option could be critical for callers who are fearful of speaking on the phone because the call might put them in danger. We are among the safest cities in America and introducing new ways of using technology help to keep us at the forefront of innovation. Innovation of a different kind was recently recognized when our Department of Utility Services released its 2015 Water Quality Report in June. The report announced that testing and analysis indicate that the City of Henderson’s drinking water meets or surpasses all state and federal standards. Our water is among the highest quality in the country, thanks in part to a multi-step treatment process that takes place before it ever reaches our home taps. Also in June, the City of Henderson was named a Playful City USA community for the eighth consecutive year by KaBoom!, a national nonprofit dedicated to saving children’s play. We are the only community in Nevada to receive this important recognition. The program honors cities and towns that consistently champion efforts to make play a priority for children. This designation illustrates why our parks and recreation system continues to be one of the most recognized in the nation. I’m proud of our community’s many accomplishments and look forward to working with Bob as we continue our journey to be America’s premier community. Sincerely, Andy Hafen Mayor Dear neighbors, I would like to extend my thanks to the City Council, Henderson residents, city staff and my colleagues throughout the valley for the warm welcome I have received since being named the new Henderson City Manager. I am looking forward to working with all of you. My new role will bring with it new growth and new learning opportunities as well as the chance to draw on my 25 years of public service experience, much of it here at the City of Henderson. I’ll be reaching out to civic leaders and members of the community and asking you to share your ideas and perspectives so we can make Henderson even better. I plan to focus on providing premier day-to-day services while also fine tuning our organization to get working as efficiently as we possibly can. In addition to my work with city departments and staff, it is also important for me to reinforce and build on long-standing relationships with other regional and state agencies. I have had the pleasure of serving on various committees for more than two decades, and I see the benefit of continuing to work collaboratively with each of them, particularly the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada as it seeks to create a better community for the entire region through its new responsibilities as Southern Nevada’s metropolitan planning organization. Some of my other priorities include evaluating the city’s five-year plan to ensure it is adjusted to suit our changing environment while also balancing the needs of our citizens with our economic realities, and developing a financial resource recovery plan. This will help us account


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